In a sport in which players are actually told by referees that they must make any foul as clear as possible, there is never a shortage of theatrics.
Here is just a small selection of the best, worst and most utterly ridiculous dives that have been seen on a football pitch.
Big Sam saw the funny side of Flores’ attempt, here.
Right in front of the official and everything. Disgraceful.
There was contact, honest.
Luiz later claimed that his smile was for Manchester United supporters calling him Sideshow Bob.
You can almost hear the sound of the sniper being fired.
Yes, somehow the referee gives the penalty Sheffield Wednesday’s way for this effort.
They say centre halves are supposed to be big and strong…
Anything Ramos can do…
— Unusual Efforts (@UnusualEfforts) June 22, 2018
Against the club who later chose to pay £200million for him.
A Premier League classic.
Some people have wanted to see more gamesmanship from English players for years. To others, Alli is “shameful”. You can’t please everyone…
Because it seems to have been taken down AGAIN… heres Dele Alli’s shameful dive earlier on! I know it wasn’t given, but surely he’s got to be punished for persistent diving? It’s every game now! pic.twitter.com/051pVOYAi9
— Realistic Irons (@RealisticIrons) February 25, 2018
Well, Alli did say Gerrard was his role model when he was younger.
This was in a friendly.
The classic flailing legs.
Quite astonishing that a dive can win a penalty, spark a mass brawl, and get two opposition players booked as well as yourself. The pure rage from Middlesbrough’s players too is something to behold.
Long’s goal somehow won Ireland the match, and this somehow won Mats Hummels a yellow card.
There were, ahem, a few Suarez dives we could pick from. But this was the best.
Oh, he thought he was going to get left out.
Another one with a plethora of options, but a derby, the pure distance from the defender and the fact that the referee is so close and does nothing makes this exemplary.
Yep, managers dive too. Wouldn’t see Pards going down like this.
— Wayne RennaisⓇ (@WayneRennais) November 25, 2016
The classic of the genre